- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

The players spoke Jan. 13 during a Major League Baseball Players Association conference call after Rodriguez sued the union and Major League Baseball to overturn an arbitrator’s decision suspending him for the 2014 season and postseason.

Details were first reported Tuesday by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the call. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

The union and Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz declined to comment on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) - Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015.

Major League Baseball told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with handheld metal detection or walk-through magnetometers.

The Seattle Mariners announced that fans entering Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with this year’s opener.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Outfielder Bobby Abreu signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training.

The 39-year-old Abreu was a two-time All-Star with the Phillies in 2004-05. He was traded to the New York Yankees in 2006 and didn’t play in the majors last year.

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PRO FOOTBALL

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is suggesting potential changes in the extra point, saying that the play is too automatic with a success rate of nearly 100 percent.

Since few teams attempt 2-point conversion plays until desperation hits late in games, Goodell is wondering if the league can add excitement by making some major adjustments to the extra point, suggesting perhaps making a touchdown worth seven points instead of six, with teams having the option to run a play for another point.

But failing on that play would cost them a point.

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